ACLU lawsuit seeks damages over border separations

PHOENIX — The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking potentially millions of dollars in damages on behalf of thousands of immigrant families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The ACLU and other attorneys filed a lawsuit Thursday against past and present Trump administration officials in federal court in Tucson alleging the government violated immigrants’ rights and traumatized young children who were taken from their parents after crossing the border illegally.

Most of the families were from Central America and many were asylum-seekers.

U.S. reopens embassy in Somalia after 3 decades

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The United States says it has reopened its embassy in Somalia nearly three decades after the country collapsed into civil war and the U.S. military airlifted the ambassador to safety.

The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu had closed in 1991. The U.S. formally recognized Somalia’s new federal government in 2013 but had based its diplomatic mission in neighboring Kenya.

Wednesday’s statement says the opening reflects recent progress in the Horn of Africa nation that still faces frequent attacks by al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremists.

Al-Shabab on Monday attempted to storm the Belidogle military airstrip that hosts Somali and U.S. forces and is used to launch drones that attack al-Shabab targets.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

The U.S. military says it has carried out 54 airstrikes against al-Shabab and a local Islamic State affiliate this year.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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